Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Construction Schedule

The following areas within the S.O.D.A. boundaries are scheduled for construction projects this year.

Traffic on affected streets will be maintained as much as possible. Residents will be notified of disruptions in water service and trash collection, or if their driveways will be blocked. At least 24 hours of notice will be given.

Asphalt resurfacing
on the following streets:

from Outer Drive to Dartmouth

from Outer Drive to Dartmouth

from Outer Drive to Dartmouth

Dates: June-October 2015

Concrete replacement
on the following streets:

from Michigan Avenue to Park

from Outer Drive to Nowlin

Dates: July-October 2015

For the complete Dearborn 2015 Construction Schedule please visit the
Dearborn Construction Updates website 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Dearborn Policy For Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection

New City of Dearborn policy For Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste collection goes into effect on May 4th.

Starting on May 4th, specific rule violations could cost the homeowner a minimum $75.
The new policy states when the City contractors cannot complete trash collection at a home because of a rule violation, they will leave a notice to explain why.

Any violating items not collected must be removed from the curb by midnight of the trash day by the resident, OR they may call the City for a special pickup. A minimum fee of $55 will apply.
All violating items still found on the curb the next day will be collected without further notice and a minimum fee of $75 will be assess to the household in violation.

Rule Highlights

Rules for the Trash Cart
All trash must be bagged and placed inside of city-issued gray carts.
maximum of 4 bags of additional trash that will not fit in cart may be placed outside of the gray cart and will be collected

Trash in cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

Rules for the Recycle Cart
Curbside recycling using the city-issued green cart, is mandatory in Dearborn.
Recycling pickup is every other week.

Additional recycled items when recycle cart is full or items that will not fit in your recycle cart must be bundled or tied in manageable pieces so they can be collected.

Rules for Curbside Yard Waste Disposal
Yard waste must be in yard waste paper bags or personal 20 – 32 gallon containers clearly marked with a yard waste sticker.
Bags and containers must weigh less than 35 pounds.
Households are limited to a combined 20 yard waste paper bags, yard waste containers, or bundles of brush per week.

Rules for Bulk Items
Households are limited to 5 bulk items per week; a maximum of 20 per year.
See the City of Dearborn website for approved bulk items (link below)

As an alternative to fee-based special pick-ups, residents with proof of Dearborn residency can bring acceptable items to the DPW Yard for disposal at no cost.

The DPW Yard, 2951 Greenfield, is open 8 am – 1pm the third Saturday of each month.

For Special Pick-up call 313-943-2433. A minimum fee of $55 will apply.

To read more about the Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste collection policy please see the City of Dearborn website.
-  New Policy and Fee Information
-  Complete Trash and Recycling Rules

Monday, April 27, 2015

City Will Look At Pools During Upcoming Budget Session

"Are we getting pools or not?"

Opinion article by S.O.D.A. President Regan Ford

Press & Guide Opinion - 04/27/15

Note: This article was written three weeks before it was published by the Press & Guide on their website.  

The budget session regarding pools has been moved to
May 12th, 6:00pm
In Council Conference Room 1A of the Dearborn Administrative Center

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Park Clean-Up 2015

S.O.D.A. Park Clean-Up

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Meeting Place: Penn Vassar Park Pavilion 
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Please come help do a little spring cleaning for our neighborhood!

Our plan is to clean up trash and other debris at Penn Vassar Park, then move to the Monroe business district  (between  Carlysle St. & Dartmouth St.), and then to Schemansky Park.

Items needed:

  • Trash bags
  • Yard waste bags
  • Work gloves
  • Rakes
  • Your Help!
Coffee and Donuts will be provided at Penn Vassar Park.

If there is time we might be able to do Summer Stephens, Edison Park, & Oxford Park too. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Whitmore-Bolles at Martian Kids' Marathon 2015

Over 70 kids from Whitmore-Bolles ran in this year's Martian Kids' Marathon at Dearborn's Ford Field. Go Eagles!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Neighborhood Blight Initiative April 2015

News from the City of Dearborn
John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Mayor

Department of Public Information
Mary Laundroche, Director

                           April 16, 2015

Police Ordinance officers, Residential Services
team up for neighborhood blight initiative
Targeted enforcement will result in increased compliance,
faster resolution of ordinance violations

DEARBORN, Mich. –In an effort to increase enforcement of ordinances preserving Dearborn neighborhood standards, the Residential Services Department and ordinance officers from the Dearborn Police Department are working together on a comprehensive neighborhood blight initiative.
The special enforcement period began April 16. The citywide effort aims to increase compliance and address violations. It will focus on five key ordinance infractions:
  • Removal of trash and recycling carts from the curb in a timely manner
  • Cleanliness of trash and recycling carts, including keeping the carts clean, lids closed, and trash properly bagged
  • Storage of any materials, junk, litter, debris and interior furniture on the exterior of the home
  • Overgrowth of grass, weeds and junk trees
  • Prohibited vehicle storage, including commercial vehicles, inoperable vehicles, and recreational vehicles stored for more than 72 hours
The ordinances targeted for increased enforcement are included in year-round efforts by Residential Services to keep neighborhoods clean, safe and compliant with city ordinances. However, police department ordinance officers will assist with enforcement during peak times of the year.
“This comprehensive neighborhood blight initiative will result in better and faster enforcement of ordinances in our neighborhoods, and supplement the year-round efforts of our Residential Services Department,” said Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.
Similar to the City’s neighborhood inspectors, police ordinance officers will issue notices of violation. Residents in violation will be given a set amount of time to correct the problem, after which point abatement charges may apply or a ticket may be issued.
Chief of Police Ronald Haddad stressed that the Police Department will use its ordinance officers to assist with the increased enforcement.
“The Police Department’s ordinance officers are out in the city addressing violations such as prohibited parking and Public Service Days infractions,” Chief Haddad said. “The overlap of ordinances means that our team can help combat property violations, too.”
The current initiative will continue throughout the summer, with greater collaboration between police and Residential Services year-round.
Residents can report suspected violations, as well as violations at businesses and building permit or structural problems, to the Residential Services Department by calling 313-943-2161, or the Police Department’s Ordinance Enforcement Officers at 313-943-5930.

April Raffle Winners

Congratulations to our April Meeting raffle giveaway Winners!

Member Raffle
Tickets to a Detroit Red Wings playoff game courtesy of Dearborn City Councilmember David Bazzy

Winner: Bill Strachan

To win the member raffle you must be present at the monthly meeting
Member names drawn but not present to win:
Debby St James

Attendance Raffle
Winner: Donna Nemeth

The attendance raffle can be won by anyone in attendance at the meeting. Prizes are typically items donated by local businesses or business members.

50/50 Raffle
Winner: Judy Struble

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April S.O.D.A. Meeting & Neighborhood Watch

The April S.O.D.A. Meeting is Thursday April 16th @ 7:00pm
in the auditorium at Whitmore-Bolles Elementary
21501 Whitmore St, Dearborn, MI 48124

There will also be Neighborhood Watch committee meeting at the end of the general meeting for some updates on the neighborhood watch activities.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Wayne County Sheriff's S.C.O.U.T. Program

S.O.D.A. has partnered with the Wayne County Sheriff's S.C.O.U.T. program to augment current police patrols in the neighborhood with an effort to curtail the increase in larceny from vehicles and other criminal activity.
Representatives from the Wayne County Sheriff and Dearborn Police met with concerned Dearborn citizens at a Neighborhood Watch meeting at Nowlin Elementary on March 11th 2015 to discuss the details of the S.C.O.U.T. program. We were very pleased to have Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak also in attendance at this meeting.
In the coming weeks dedicated Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies along with neighborhood volunteers will be patrolling the neighborhood at different times.
Click here for more information about the
Wayne County Sheriff's S.C.O.U.T. program